Cantonese poached chicken with super tender texture and an interesting name—White cut chicken.

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

If you visit Chinese restaurant from time to time, you may know tried this white cut chicken. Poaching is the special cooking method used here. And white means plain, indicating that there is no special seasonings added in this dish. Actually, white cut chicken really needs simple ingredients and techniques, yet it is incredibly delicious. I have introduced a Szechuan version of white cut chicken—mouth-watering chicken or Salvia Chicken.

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

Choose smaller whole chicken and poach with ginger, green onion, cooking wine and Sichuan peppercorn. Sichuan peppercorn is not required by traditional version recipe. But I find out it is quite helpful to remove the raw chicken taste.

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

There are several dips may match perfectly with white cut chicken, but the most famous and commonly used dip sauce is ginger and scallion sauce. Elaine introduces a way to make a dip sauce that will highlight the chicken greatly. The hot oil with green onion white parts will stimulate the aroma of the fresh green onion. Make this dipping sauce mild yet fragrant. Besides, you can use a brown sauce made with oyster sauce. The instruction is introduced in Chinese steamed chicken.

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

Served with dipping sauce

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

White Cut Chicken|Chinese Poached Chicken

Easy Chinese poached chicken, also known as white cut chicken. Super great cold dish for summer days.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cantonese cuisine
Keyword: chicken, Poached
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 1173kcal
Author: Elaine


  • 1 chicken , around 2 pound
  • 4 ginger slices
  • 2 green onions make knots
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn , optional, I added this for personal habit
  • sesame oil for brushing
  • coriander for decoration

Ginger and scallion oil

  • 2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green part scallion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander stems
  • 4 scallion whites , cut into pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons broth for poaching the chicken


  • Clean the chicken and remove feet and head. In a large pot, add chicken, green onion, Sichuan peppercorn and 3-4 slices of ginger and cooking wine. Then pour enough water to cover the chicken. Bring the content to a boiling with medium fire and continue cooking for around 8 minutes (see note 1 for the adjusting of the time needed). Turn off the fire, cover the lid and let the chicken stay for around 20 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, prepare enough iced water. Transfer the chicken out and soak it with iced water. Turn over several times during the process until the chicken is completely cooled down. Brush some sesame oil on surface and then cut into chunks and lay in the serving bowl.

To make the ginger and scallion dip sauce

  • In a small bowl, mix grated ginger with chopped green onion and coriander. Heat up 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil in wok or deep pan. Add scallion white to fry over slow fire until the scallion white becomes slightly brown and you smell strong fragrance.
  • Pour the hot oil to the small bowl with other seasonings. Add 2 tablespoons water for poaching the chicken. Add pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Serve the chicken with the dipping sauce.


For larger chicken, the poached time need to be lengthened slightly.


Calories: 1173kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 85g | Fat: 87g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 340mg | Sodium: 2264mg | Potassium: 986mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4.4mg

white cut chicken|Chinese poached chicken

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    1. Hi,
      For cutting the chicken chunks with smooth edges, firstly wait until the chicken is completely cooled down and then use a weight knife like Chinese slicing knife. Do not hesitate and just do it.

  1. Hi, I’m looking for a type of cooking wine that can be used in many Chinese recipe. What brand/type would you suggest? Thanks in advance.

    1. Thank you Nancy. This have been my favorite chicken dish for several years. But my way of enjoying is slightly different. I used to dip with mixed dried chili peppers.

  2. I just found your website. Your recipes look yummy and easy to follow. Will try your recipes soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. “2 tablespoons broth for poaching the chicken”

    Is this right? I don’t think so. I think you need more broth….

    1. Hi Steve,
      The main ingredients for the scallion and ginger dip should be the oil. So I think 2 tablespoons broth is perfect fine with a stronger taste dip. You can prefer to slightly add more for a lighter taste.

  4. One of my favorite dishes to order. I wonder if this can be made using chicken pieces, rather than the whole chicken? I’m not good at cutting up a whole chicken.